Author Topic: Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games  (Read 849 times)

GoingToMaine

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Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:28:21 PM »
I know video games are kind of anti-Mustachian, but I like games and try to keep my costs down by sticking with the old stuff instead of the latest and greatest $50 games. 

Anyway, if any of you have an old box of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games in the attic that you'd like to get rid of, I'm looking for new old games to play.  I'll buy individual games, lots, whatever you have.  Thanks!
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Re: Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 08:55:54 AM »
Unless you are going for the nostalgic effect of having to wiggle / blow into a cartridge to get the game to work (and have your saved game disappear after you get 20 hours into a game), I'd suggest just running an emulator. Add a USB controller (like this one) and it's just like the mid-80s. Although, I still remember getting blisters from those damn old controllers, so do yourself a favor and use at least an SNES controller (or better yet a playstation type one).

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Re: Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 08:57:48 AM »
+1 on emulators and not using the old controllers.  Those rectangular monstrosities nearly crippled me.

GoingToMaine

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Re: Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2018, 01:57:53 PM »
I do use the emulators and it's just not the same.  I have a Raspberry Pi setup that can play pretty much all of them, but I like the old plastic, the artwork, hooking the system up to an ungodly heavy CRT TV, busting out the soldering iron to replace the old cartridge batteries, sifting through dusty boxes of cartridges at flea markets, etc. 

It's about the journey as much as it is about playing the games.  If I wanted to take the shortcut, I could just stick with the Raspberry Pi, or pick out pretty much whatever game I want on eBay and hit the Buy button.

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Re: Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 08:55:35 PM »
Hoo boy. I'm in a weird place on this.

I'm with you on the feel, the touch, the plastic, the flat of the spoon to clean it off, the proud longevity of that technology that was too primitive and clunky to be flimsy.

And, I also got older, and the priority of the nostalgia dropped too much to put in the time, yet not enough to disappear completely. Once every 6 months or so I suddenly realize I have to, say, play Super Punch Out, but it's not really more often than that now. That seems like a comically inefficient investment of space and (potentially) money.

I've considered selling the whole extensive collection tomorrow, and also never. Books really are the same way for me. There's emotional credit in a tangible object.
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GoingToMaine

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Re: Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2018, 08:26:57 AM »
I'm with you on books too, though I've pared down my collection greatly over the past few years.  I'll take a paperback over a Kindle any day.

I have fun with the games, and my kid gets a good laugh out of them.  I only have a few left on my "must have" list - mostly games I had as a kid.  I think I have as much fun hunting them down, cleaning them, and getting them to work properly as I do actually playing them.  On the plus side, I eBay consoles and such that I buy broken and get working.

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Re: Looking for old Nintendo (NES) games
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2018, 09:41:00 AM »
I just recently took a ton to half price books; if you have one near you, they might have some.  Price depends on the desirability of the game.